Type: Sparkling Wine
Country: South Africa
Region: Western Cape
Code: AVON380
A seriously good sparkling wine made from organically grown Chardonnay grapes. Served blind you could easily mistake it for a quality Champagne.

Avondale Wine

The picturesque 160-hectare farm that is today known as Avondale has been under cultivation for more than 300 years. Early records show that the land was one of the first in the Paarl Valley to be allocated specifically for the production of wine grapes. Avondale is now home to the Grieve Family and 25 farm worker families. As the pioneers of Vital Health Foods, South Africa’s leading health food company, the Grieves have an innate focus on well-being that encompasses the land and its community of people. Avondale are committed to providing fair and decent living and working conditions to enable their people to enjoy healthy, balanced lives.

Armilla is rich and round on the palate: a perfect balance of toasty, warm, hazelnut bread and fresh quince. The wine is fresh, effervescent and lively on the palate; complemented by a full velvety mouth feel – layer after layer after layer.
Delicious with pan fried scallops with a garden salad.
The grapes were hand-picked in the cool early morning at 18˚ to 19˚ Balling. Whole bunches were pressed, the juice settled and then racked to a stainless steel tanks for natural fermentation. 10% was fermented in French oak barrels and blended back. The blended wine was left on the lees for twenty four months, after which it was bottled to allow second fermentation in glass. The wine stayed on the lees in glass for sixty months before it was disgorged. In line with tradition, a dosage was added.

Best South African Sparkling Wine, Best Blanc de Blanc MCC, Best Organic MCC - Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships, 2015. Decanter 2019, Recommended, 89 points.

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